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Posted October 1, 2010
Twain would not approve
I showed this film to my 7th graders after they had read the novel Tom Sawyer. This is over-simplified and over- Hollywood-ized, with too many liberties taken with the plot and character. This is not the Becky Thatcher from Twain's imagination. Nor do Tom or Huck fit their literary counterparts. It's basically a dumbed-down version of the novel that doesn't give enough credit to the intelligence of kids today who can and do get the satire and deeper meanings of Twain's work.
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